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What injuries can negligence in the trucking industry cause?

February 19, 2016

Kentucky drivers like you may sometimes share the road with large trucks, especially on the highway. However, if these trucks are poorly maintained or neglected, they can cause accidents, which can lead to severe injuries.

There are several common areas of neglect in the trucking industry. Truck owners or companies sometimes fail to maintain fleet vehicles properly. This can include overloading trailers, encouraging drivers to break speeding laws, or improperly loading freight in a way that increases the potential of rolling over or jackknifing. Negligence can also come from the truck drivers, who may engage in reckless behavior such as driving when they should be resting, getting distracted while behind the wheel, or staying on the road beyond the federal limits.

As previously mentioned, accidents involving trucks can leave you with severe injury that can be either short term or long-lasting due to the size of these vehicles. Long-lasting injuries can include:

  •          Spinal cord trauma or damage
  •          Nerve or brain damage
  •          Quadriplegia or paraplegia
  •          Disfigurement or scarring
  •          Dismemberment

The potential traumatic impacts of these injuries can include surgery, strict medication regiments, and expensive trips to the hospital or to physical therapy clinics.

Short-term injuries may include damage to the muscles, ligaments or tendons, as well as fractured or broken bones. You can also experience pain in any area of the body, hearing loss, concussions or seizures. Headaches may also happen, and can become a recurring problem.

To read more about the injuries you may face due to the negligence of truckers or trucking companies, please follow the link to our web page.